Have you ever actually tallied how many drinks you consume in a week? Think about it — you go out for a few beers after work, meet up with friends to catch up over dinner and margaritas, or maybe have a couple glasses of wine while watching Teen Mom to feel better about your life. You know, the usual. And that’s only during the week — if you go out on weekends and binge-drink like the majority of millennials do, you could be adding another 10+ drinks to your alcohol tally sheet.
All jokes aside, Americans are consuming more alcohol than ever before and according to federal data, more than 30,000 Americans died from alcohol-related incidents, excluding homicides, drunk driving, and other accidents directly related to alcohol. The most common causes of death were alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis.
One of the most shocking findings from the study was that although 30% of Americans don’t drink at all and another 30% have less than one drink a week, an astounding 10% of Americans have an average of 74 drinks per week. SEVENTY-FOUR!
If you do some simple math, you can figure out that people in that percentile are consuming an average of ten drinks per day. I feel like you have to constantly be drinking from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed to even achieve that average.
And with alcohol-related deaths outnumbering overdose deaths from painkillers and heroin combined, some researchers are urging public health officials to focus more on the dangers of alcohol instead of the dangers of less toxic drugs, like marijuana and LSD.
Makes sense: just because alcohol is legal, doesn’t mean it’s not harmful.
Here’s to cutting back on alcohol in 2016.